Yellowstone had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 8-2 win over Glacier.
Yellowstone got the win with help from a great game by Vadym Nesteruk, who had two goals and one assist. Nesteruk scored the first of his two goals at 15:17 into the first period to make the score 3-0 Yellowstone. Carter Johnson picked up the assist. Nesteruk\’s next tally made the score 4-1 Yellowstone with 19:44 left in the second period. Nick Ligocki provided the assist.
Yellowstone was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 41 minutes in penalty time. Yellowstone had been averaging 21.0 minutes in penalties per game. Yellowstone forced Glacier\’s goaltenders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, ripping 69 shots and forcing 61 saves. Mikhail Pahrebets made 14 stops and Raymond Smith made 47. Yellowstone found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Yellowstone has scored at the pace of 4.5 goals per game during the current campaign.
Yellowstone additionally got points from Curtis Greenbush, who also registered one goal and one assist and Nick Greene, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Yellowstone also had goals scored by Drew Nelson, Reed Kelly, Jake Dickison, and Justin Berezinski, who each put in one. More assists for Yellowstone came via Nicholas Elliot, who had three and Hunter Ruschmeyer, Mike McCullen, Tanner Knudson, Manuel Manero, and Matt Runyon, who each chipped in one.
Glacier forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up six minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. Glacier surpassed its season average of 20.0 penalty minutes per game. Glacier put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Yellowstone to score on any of its five power plays.
Glacier was led by Ronald Robertson, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Robertson scored on the power play 18:52 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Yellowstone. Glacier earned a power play opportunity when Dickison was put in the box for roughing. William Bostwick picked up the assist. Logan Kraft also scored for Glacier. In addition, Glacier received assists from Collin Schieman, who had one.
Derrick LaCombe made 23 saves for Yellowstone on 25 shots. Glacier registered two goals on seven power play opportunities.